Organic Food Production Rising

Organic Food Production Rising

Organic crops and their profit potential are topics covered in a new USDA research study. Organic crops and their profit potential are topics covered in a new USDA research study.

April 5, 2016

NASHVILLE, Tenn (RFD-TV) The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) reports that Organic food production is on the rise. According to the report, certified organic programs have increased over 300 percent since the USDA began keeping track in 2002. There are now 21,781 certified organic programs in the United States and 31,160 worldwide. Of the operations in the United States, California leads the states in organic production with over 4,400 operations. In an effort to strengthen these programs, the USDA has made the process of certification less cumbersome by concentrating on enforcement of regulations. 

"The increasing number of organic operations shows that USDA's strong support for the vibrant organic sector is helping to create jobs and opportunities in rural communities," said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. 

Not only is consumer demand increasing for organic foods, but it's also increasing for local foods. Since 2009, the USDA under Secretary Vilsack has invested over $1 billion to 40,000 local and regional food businesses. The estimated data points to local food sales at $12 billion in 2014 compared to $5 billion in 2008.

You can track every USDA Certified Organic operation in the United States by referencing the Organic Integrity Database. Historically, the USDA published a list once annually, but now the list is online and can be updated at anytime by organic certifiers. This process should be much better for all those involved, and will keep producers and consumers in the know on all organic operations in the country. 

For in-depth information on the organic sector, check out the USDA's page here

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